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Why Optometry

Great rewards come with preserving the gift of health and good eyesight. Doctors of Optometry provide early, sometimes life-saving diagnosis and treatment of diseases, injuries and disorders of the visual system, and identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye.

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Gain Early Clinical Experience

Clinical experience begins with first year observations and extends to patient screenings in year two. Your clinical rotations begin in the summer (first semester) of the third year with direct supervised clinical experiences (examination, diagnosis, treatment and management of patients) at the UIW Eye Institute (UIWEI) and the Bowden Eye Care and Health Center.

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NBEO Success

Students are prepared with a strong academic and clinical experience which supports student success.

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School of Optometry by the Numbers

1 The only optometry school affiliated with a faith-based institution
203.5 Cumulative hours to Doctor of Optometry degree
36% Enrolled students in the O.D. program that are underrepresented minorities within Optometry
$1.8m Annual uncompensated care provided by UIW clinics
68 Average incoming class size

Rosenberg School of Optometry Mission

The mission of the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry is to educate and prepare future leaders in optometry through excellence in education, patient care, and vision research.

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News and Events

Welcoming Week Kick-Off: Recognizing and Embracing the Diversity of UIW and San Antonio


The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) strives to embrace and promote diversity every day. From students, educators, administrators, alumni, etc., the entire University is constituted by individuals of diverse backgrounds, each with their own unique stories that all contribute to the collective story of UIW. Recognizing this fact, and in fulfillment of the University’s Mission, the UIW Liza and Jack Lewis Center of the Americas works year-round to promote better relations and understanding among the people of the Americas.

UIW to Welcome Visiting Scholar from Korea


UIW Professor of Political Science Dr. Scott Dittloff shared this message ahead of the arrival of a visiting scholar coming to UIW from South Korea. The Department of Political Science, UIW International Relations and UIW International Affairs will welcome Mr. Chang Sup Lee to San Antonio and the University community this September.

Optometry Admissions Prep Program (OPT APP)

The OPT APP virtual series offers unique opportunities to gain valuable insight into the admissions and enrollment process. All virtual sessions will be led by experienced admissions administrators. Sessions are offered on every other Wednesday throughout the Fall term.

Optometry Admissions Prep Program (OPT APP)

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Dr. Sandra Fortenberry, Acting Dean of the UIW Rosenberg School of Optometry

Introducing our Dean

Dr. Fortenberry is the Dean and began her official appointment on June 1, 2022, as the first female Hispanic Dean of an optometry school in the nation. She is part of the founding faculty at the Rosenberg School of Optometry (RSO) and has served as Director of Continuing Education, Director of Professional Relations, and Assistant Dean for Professional Advancement during her time at RSO.

“I am thankful to have been at RSO from the beginning,” says Fortenberry. “It really is a part of my soul. I hope that my contribution to this university and the optometry school will continue to benefit the students and the faculty as we raise our education to the next level of excellence. My vision is to promote optometry and advocate for the highest level of education to equip graduates with service and leadership in optometry. I am incredibly humbled and thrilled to be in a position to impact optometry education and to elevate UIW and RSO.”

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Contact the Rosenberg School of Optometry

Mailing Address: 4301 Broadway, CPO 17, San Antonio, TX 78209
Address: 9725 Datapoint Dr, San Antonio, TX 78229
Phone: (210) 883-1190

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"We evaluate, treat, and educate patients on their ocular needs versus their want. It’s no longer just about glasses and contact lenses, it’s about healthier communities.”

Dr. Jose Correa ’13 OD

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